Prof. Benjamin Lev

Benjamin Lev
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Short CV: 

Academic Positions

  • Professor, Departments of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University 2022 -
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University 2015 - 2022
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Applied Physics and Physics (by courtesy), Stanford University 2011 - 2015
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008-2011
  • NRC Postdoc, Group of Jun Ye, JILA & NIST 2006-2007


  • Ph.D. Caltech, Physics, 2005
  • A.B. Princeton, Physics, Magna Cum Laude, 1999

Honors & Awards

  • 2021    Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2021    Editorial Board of Physical Review X
  • 2020    Member of the Defense Science Study Group (IDA & DARPA)
  • 2015    Chambers Fellowship
  • 2014    Terman Fellowship
  • 2012    DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)
  • 2012    Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (YIP)
  • 2011    Terman Fellowship
  • 2010    Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2010    Packard Fellowship
  • 2008    National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2008    Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (YIP)
  • 2004    Everhart Distinguished Graduate Student Lectureship
  • 1999    Allen Goodrich Schenstone Prize for Outstanding Work in Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, Princeton University


Research Interests : 


Lev's research focuses on exploring the organizing principles of quantum matter through the development of techniques at the interface of ultracold atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics.  
Major achievements include:
-Production and study of the first quantum gases of the most magnetic element, dysprosium.
-Development of the novel SQCRAMscope, a Scanning Quantum CRyogenic Atom Microscope for imaging transport in strongly correlated and topological materials.
-Initial development of the theory of multimode cavity quantum electrodynamical systems as well as the successful construction of an apparatus to explore predicted phenomena; i.e., the physics associated with quantum liquid crystals and spin glasses as well as that associated with computation via dissipative neuromorphic quantum phase transitions. 


Personal Statement: 

Benjamin Lev is a physics professor at Stanford University.  He received his Bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude from Princeton in 1999 and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 2005, both in Physics.  Benjamin was a National Research Council (NRC) postdoc at JILA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He joined the Stanford faculty in 2011, where he is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physics and Applied Physics.  Benjamin has received a Packard Foundation Fellowship and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award from President Obama.  In addition, he received the NSF CAREER award and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, DARPA, and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program awards.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Defense Science Study Group, managed by IDA and DARPA.  His research has been funded by the NSF, DOE, ARO, AFOSR, ONR, DARPA, NTT, and the Moore Foundation.

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